The rural population of Pakistan constitutes about one third of the whole population whereas the share of urban population has been progressively increasing as a result of the structural transformation of the economy. Pakistan is now the most urbanized country in South Asia, with some 58 million people living in cities. The urban population is expected to rise by another 70-80 million by 2030. The industry is the main reason behind urbanization but still the agricultural sector contributes some 22% to GDP, its overall impact on the economy is far greater.
The rural sector is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy and its performance is tied up with the wellbeing of rural population. Rural poverty remains high with low level of quality of life indicators. Rural and urban poverty are closely linked through migration of artisans and small land holders towards cities because of the emphasis and growth of industry. But due to the scarcity of jobs in industry because of the absence of the appropriate skills, most of the migrants end up in informal sectors.
CHC promises to work for the development of health, education, women empowerment, emergency response and rehabilitation, water and sanitation, agriculture and livelihood through microfinance. The significant part of our strategic plan includes training of women farmers so they can gain access to knowledge, tools and capital in order to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. CHC wants to act as a facilitator to create awareness in vulnerable people regarding their potentials and challenges through capacity building and social mobilization.